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Our programme of New Writing offers an exciting range of bespoke events and opportunities for writers to engage with the theatre throughout their careers, and for audiences interesting in writing to gain a unique insight into the process of creating new work.

From first time writers to experienced playwrights who wish to explore new directions, the Royal Exchange engages, challenges, supports and provokes audiences and artists to embrace the possibilities of the dramatic word.

To keep up-to-date with all our New Writing events, opportunities and workshops, sign up to our New Writing mailing list here, visit our events page here and our workshops page here. Below is an overview of what to expect this season...

Our Autumn / Winter 2013 Programme...

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy returns for another season of the overwhelmingly successful CAROL ANN DUFFY AND FRIENDS evenings in The Studio. Joining her are new writers from Manchester Metropolitan University and a variety of leading professional poets, offering a medley of poetry, jazz, book signings and lively conversation. More Information


Be the first to experience new work in development with our Word-In-Progress events!

All in The Studio, all £3.50, all opinions and feedback welcome!

First up on 19 November we have a brand new piece of work by our Pearson Writer in Residence Cat Jones.

After winning the BBC’s Alfred Bradley Bursary for BBC radio drama and adapted her winning play GLORY DAZED for the stage, Cat's new piece has been developed during her time at the Royal Exchange Theatre. So what has inspired her about our unique spaces? And what made her return to her roots in Manchester? More Information

Next up on 8 January we have Hunger For Trade - a series of dialogues, interventions and performance pieces drawn from the research from four emerging playwrights - Miriam Battye, Brad Birch, Alistair McDowall and Kellie Smith, who each have collaborated with internationally renowned playwright Simon Stephens to explore the commodification of our food. More Information

And finally, we end on 10 February with the Bruntwood Hub. Six of the most innovative, critically acclaimed playwrights from across the North who have not yet written for larger theatre spaces, overseen by Associate Playwright, Bryony Lavery, share their new ideas. More Information

We believe that the opportunity for writers to send us their work is a vital way for writers to engage with us. Through a series of focused “Script Windows” throughout the year, each script is given the dedicated time and attention it deserves.
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The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is the UK’s biggest national competition for playwriting. It is the search for great new plays and great writers.

This year, we received 1792 scripts and are excited to be reading the work and discovering new stories and voices. The winners of the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting will be announced at the Royal Exchange Theatre on Friday 22nd November 2013.

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting began in 2005. Since then, 11 writers have been awarded a total of £120,000, there have been eight full productions and well over 7000 entries generated by the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.

For writing opportunities, tips and advice from our online resources and more information about the Bruntwood Prize, please click here.


Don't forget: keep up to date with all upcoming workshops & opportunities here
. And you can also check out our lastest spoken word events and new writing productions here.

Pictures (from top, left to right): Love & Money, Punk Rock, Strawgirl, Things of Dry Hours.